Date of Graduation


Document Type


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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Physics and Astronomy

Committee Chair

Leonardo Golubovic

Committee Co-Chair

Wathiq Abdul Razzaq

Committee Member

Loren Anderson

Committee Member

Harry Gingold

Committee Member

Daniel J Pisano

Committee Member

Earl Scime


We investigate a novel and unique dynamical system, the Rotating Space Elevator (RSE). The RSE is a multiply rotating system of strings reaching beyond the Earth geo-synchronous satellite orbit. Objects sliding along the RSE string ("climbers") do not require internal engines or propulsion to be transported far away from the Earth's surface. The RSE thus solves a major problem in the space elevator technology which is how to supply the energy to the climbers moving along the string. The RSE is a double rotating floppy string. The RSE can be made in various shapes that are stabilized by an approximate equilibrium between the gravitational and inertial forces acting in the double rotating frame. The RSE exhibits a variety of interesting dynamical phenomena studied in this thesis.